My Journey

Adanna
Posted December 2, 2015 from Nigeria

My name is Adanna Ononiwu. I am from South Eastern part of Nigeria.

I love technology and technological innovations. I also love the fact that things such as distance learning, remote collaborations etc can be achieved using technology.

Many women and young girls interested in pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields are unable to do so due to several challenges such as poor foundation in science and technology courses, fear of male dominance, lack of support for women in STEM from some organizations, financial problems, lack of support from fellow women in STEM, poor science and technology facilities in some countries etc.

I founded InspireIT in 2014 to encourage professionals in STEM to support women interested in STEM. InspireIT is a free global mentoring program for young girls and women interested in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

My vision as founder of InspireIT is to have more young girls and women working in STEM fields.

Some of the women and young girls who registered for InspireIT mentoring program are still unable to participate fully due to financial problems, poor internet facilities and high mobile broadband subscriptions in their country.

To realize my vision, I launched a project titled “InspireIT Dilapidated Lab”. The main aim of this project is to help restore secondary school science labs in Africa that are in very poor conditions. I recently started fund raising for this project.

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Bernadette Muyomi
Dec 02, 2015
Dec 02, 2015

Adanna, reading your journey, I  agree on the issue of few women in STEM fields. Sometimes I am tempted to think that our education system and education advancement opportunities do  not open up a chance for more women in STEM fields. Much as previous back ground can be critical to pursue this fields, many women in STEM fields are there because of passion. I love that you are doing something on ICT. I work for the government in my country and I head the ICT sector. I keep yearning to see the power of ICT at the grassroots.  

Adanna
Dec 02, 2015
Dec 02, 2015

Thanks for your comment Bernadette.

You are in a position to make a positive change in the ICT sector in your country especially for women. Utilise the opportunity.

Lisa Alfano
Dec 08, 2015
Dec 08, 2015

Adanna,

Taking the initiative to create the nonprofit InspireIT for girls and women is wonderful. A bold and courageous move you made to believe in the process of providing something for free to help address the disparities girls and women face. I can tell you will make positive changes in the lives of the communities which InspireIT and InspireIT Dilapidated Lab serve. STEM has taken on some movement here in the US as there aren't enough women and girls involved with STEM, for some of the similar reasons that are faced in Nigeria. I applaud you for taking this on and providing another means for this population to become involved.

What are your funding streams for both organizations? I live in the US and would like to spread the word. Will that be ok with you? We can send messages via WhatsApp or email to talk about the particulars should you be ok with this.

I wish you much success and look forward to reading more about how your organizations are doing.

Lisa

Adanna
Dec 09, 2015
Dec 09, 2015

Dear Lisa,

Thank you for your encouragement. I will really appreciate it if you can help spread word about InspireIT in the US because I am also interested in collaborations.

InspireIT Dilapidated Lab is actually a project under InspireITand the aim is to restore secondary school science labs in bad conditions.

I currently fund InspireIT myself, so I will be glad if I can get funds from elsewhere.

Please check your inbox.

Kind regards,

Adanna 

Tan Ching
Dec 09, 2015
Dec 09, 2015

Hi,

Part of your team. Sorry, haven't been able to do more to contribute as a volunteer.  

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 09, 2015
Dec 09, 2015

Hi Adanna,

Your work in initiating and developing InspireIT is so important. I am sure that all of the women and girls who have the chance to meet you and hear your inspiring message, are strengthened in their own dreams, perhaps even dreaming of possibilities for themselves for the first time. The resistance to admitting women and girls to the science and IT fields is still strong everywhere. Your plan to restore dilapidated labs is a great idea. How encouraging to see Lisa's response for what might become some practical support! Good luck with all you are doing. 

In Sisterhood,

Tam

Adanna
Dec 10, 2015
Dec 10, 2015

Thank you very much Tam.

Joseph-Jacques MUGEREKE KISAHIRA
Dec 10, 2015
Dec 10, 2015

English

Dear Madam Adanna , Hello!

We thank you very much for sharing your vision ie "have more and more women and girls working in the field of STEM."

Indeed, many young women and girls interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) especially in Africa, cannot follow these disciplines because of several constraints, including financial.

Congratulations to the creation and launch in 2014 of your InspireIT Project.

I also believe that the more women and girls [including farmers] will be involved in these disciplines, the more challenges faced by them will be solved; and needs such us: implementing more husking mills for the alleviation of hard work of rural women, extraction of juice from fruits, fruit drying such as mangoes, extension solar panels as an energy source, the location of washing machines...

Once again thank you for your Post Adanna.

Joseph-Jacques.-

French

Chère Madame ADANNA, bonjour !

Merci beaucoup de nous avoir partagé votre vision à savoir: « avoir de plus en plus de femmes et des jeunes filles œuvrant dans le domaine des STEM ». 

En effet, Plusieurs jeunes femmes et jeunes filles intéressées dans les STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) spécialement en Afrique, ne peuvent suivre ces disciplines par suite de plusieurs contraintes, financières notamment.

Félicitation pour la création et le lancement en 2014 de votre Projet InspireIT.

Je pense également qu’une fois les femmes et jeunes filles impliquées dans ces disciplines, cela résoudra un certain nombre de défis auxquels doivent faire face les femmes, [paysannes notamment], et de satisfaire des besoins tels : l’implantation de plus en plus des moulins et décortiqueuses pour l’allégement des dur travaux des femmes paysannes, l’extraction des jus des fruits, le séchage des fruits tels les mangues, la vulgarisation des panneaux solaires comme source d’énergie, l’implantation des machines à lessiver…

Une fois de plus merci Adanna pour votre Post.

Joseph-Jacques.-

Emily Miki
Dec 12, 2015
Dec 12, 2015

Hi Adanna,

You have a great innitiative which is a very great concern in our African countries for real. Most especially in the rural areas. Like for instance the youths growing up in the rural areas are not strong as regards technology and it possess a serious challenge with achieving development in our countries.

My Foundation is also presently carrying out projects to technologically empower youths and women. So reading your story is very inspiring for us.

Keep up the good work dear.

Emily 

Adanna
Dec 14, 2015
Dec 14, 2015

Dear Emily,

I am so glad that you were inspired by reading my story.

I also want to encourage you to continue the good work that your foundation is currently doing.

Keep up the good work too Sister!.

Best wishes,

Adanna 

Maggie B
Dec 18, 2015
Dec 18, 2015

Adanna,

I commend you for your initiative to take steps to create a solution to the problem you see and have faced. I agree that we need to see more women in STEM fields, so know that my whole hearted encouragement is behind you! And how wonderful that you yourself are using technology to spread hour message and promote your solutions.

Way to go!

Maggie B

Adanna
Dec 21, 2015
Dec 21, 2015

Dear Maggie,

Thank you for your kind words.

I will continue to do my best.

Kind regards,

Adanna

rhania bensafia
Dec 19, 2015
Dec 19, 2015

Adanna

I found so wonderful that you have created a program to allow young girls and women interested in Science technology. We do need more women in th Stem technology. I understand that you are doing it with your own financing. It t is very impressive and it show your determination and also your vision. I wish you the best and please keep me inform.

Adanna
Dec 21, 2015
Dec 21, 2015

Dear Rhania,

Thank you very much.

I will keep you updated with InspireIT's progress.

Kind regards, Adanna

Pushpa Achanta
Jan 27, 2016
Jan 27, 2016

Dear Adanna,

Hi. Elated to hear about InspireIT, a vital initiative. Please tell me if I can assist you with it. (Btw, I'm a computer science engineer who worked 14 years in the IT industry before becoming a freelance journalist and trainer on gender and other human rights and civil liberties issues).

Best wishes for your efforts. Look forward to know more about your activities.

Warmth & love,

Pushpa

Adanna
Jan 27, 2016
Jan 27, 2016

Dear Pushpa,

Thank you. Yes, I would love to have you on board.

Please can you send an email to this email address (writetousinspireit@gmail. com)so that we can discuss further.

I certainly need your help!.

Kind regards,

Adanna

Pushpa Achanta
Jan 31, 2016
Jan 31, 2016

Dear Adanna,

Thanks for your reply. I just emailed u as requested.

Warmth & solidarity,

Pushpa